Tour of Britain: Elia Viviani wins stage one

Elia Viviani (Cannondale) won the opening stage of the Tour of Britain, beating Alessandro Petacchi (Omega Pharma QuickStep) and Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka) to the line after 201km of racing from Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle.

The Italian timed his sprint to perfection, coming through to take the win as a number of sprinters found themselves either boxed in or too slow to react.

Britain's Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) was too far back to contest the sprint for the win but finished safely in the main back. However a crash on the line did take down a number of riders.

Kristian House (Rapha Condor), Christophe Laborie (Sojasun), Aaron Gate (AN Post Chain Reaction), Peter Hawkins (IG Sigma Sport) and Ben Greenwood (IG Sigma Sport) formed the earlier stage move.

They built up a lead of over five minutes over the undulating terrain. Weather conditions played their part, with rain and blustery winds hammering the riders and with 100km to go the five riders had lost almost half of their lead.

Sky and Omega Pharma-QuickStep commanded the head of the peloton for much of the stage but when the leaders were closed to within 50 seconds with 44km of racing remaining Sojasun played their second card, with Anthony Delaplace skipping away from the bunch and then the break.

The Frenchman was not on the original start list for the race but his intent was a clear indication of why his team had brought him as he built up a lead approaching 45 seconds. Out of the saddle through the Scottish countryside, Omega ushered Iljo Keisse into position at the front of the peloton. The Belgian track specialist was given reinforcements in the form of Bernhard Eisel and his Sky teammates but Delaplace’s urgency through the tight, twisting road meant that his advantage reached 1:32 with less than 30km remaining.

As he approached Drumlanrig Castle, Sky’s efforts had reduced the Frenchman’s lead to just over a minute. However as the Frenchman began to lose his momentum his lead dropped to 28 seconds with 15km remaining.

When Delaplace was caught, Alex Dowsett (Movistar) launched a surprising attack with 12km to go. The British time trial champion was reeled in soon after but his move brought a number of teams into play, with Garmin and Cannondale moving to the front.

It was Garmin who dominated the front of the field inside the final 5km, perhaps well aware of how their sprinter Tyler Farrar crashed out of the race last year.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling6:04:43
2Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-QhubekaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 3 - Cell 2
5Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM CyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) SojasunRow 5 - Cell 2
7Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 6 - Cell 2
8Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Great BritainRow 7 - Cell 2
9Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-SharpRow 8 - Cell 2
10James Williamson (NZl) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 10 - Cell 2
12Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Dean Downing (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 12 - Cell 2
14Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 13 - Cell 2
15Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team UK YouthRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 15 - Cell 2
17Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-ChainreactionRow 16 - Cell 2
18Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team RaleighRow 17 - Cell 2
19Yanto Barker (GBr) Team UK YouthRow 18 - Cell 2
20Michael James Northey (NZl) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 19 - Cell 2
21Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Owain Doull (GBr) Great BritainRow 21 - Cell 2
23Thomas Scully (NZl) Team RaleighRow 22 - Cell 2
24Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-QhubekaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Robert Partridge (GBr) Team UK YouthRow 28 - Cell 2
30Michael Cuming (GBr) RCJRow 29 - Cell 2
31Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post-ChainreactionRow 30 - Cell 2
32Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team RaleighRow 31 - Cell 2
33Simon Yates (GBr) Great BritainRow 32 - Cell 2
34Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-QhubekaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 36 - Cell 2
38Sean Downey (Irl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 37 - Cell 2
39Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 38 - Cell 2
40Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) SojasunRow 40 - Cell 2
42Steven Lampier (GBr) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 42 - Cell 2
44David Lelay (Fra) SojasunRow 43 - Cell 2
45Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 44 - Cell 2
46Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jonathan Mould (GBr) Team UK YouthRow 48 - Cell 2
50Peter Williams (GBr) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 49 - Cell 2
51Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Richard Handley (GBr) RCJRow 51 - Cell 2
53Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-SharpRow 53 - Cell 2
55Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 54 - Cell 2
56Thomas Moses (GBr) Team RaleighRow 55 - Cell 2
57Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Team UK YouthRow 57 - Cell 2
59Adam Yates (GBr) Great BritainRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 59 - Cell 2
61Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 60 - Cell 2
62Shem Rodger (NZl) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 62 - Cell 2
64Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:52
65Nicolò Martinello (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 66 - Cell 2
68Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 67 - Cell 2
69Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling0:00:54
70James Moss (GBr) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 69 - Cell 2
71Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 70 - Cell 2
72Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 71 - Cell 2
73Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 72 - Cell 2
74Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling0:01:26
76Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-SharpRow 75 - Cell 2
77Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-SharpRow 76 - Cell 2
78Kristian House (GBr) RCJ0:01:30
79Will Stephenson (GBr) RCJ0:01:31
80Meran Russan (Eri) MTN-QhubekaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun0:01:34
82Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 81 - Cell 2
83Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 82 - Cell 2
84Alexandre Blain (Fra) Team RaleighRow 83 - Cell 2
85Hugh Carthy (GBr) RCJ0:01:55
86Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis0:01:56
87Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 88 - Cell 2
90Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-SharpRow 90 - Cell 2
92Peter Hawkins (Irl) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 91 - Cell 2
93Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 92 - Cell 2
94Alistair Slater (GBr) Great BritainRow 93 - Cell 2
95Roman Van Uden (NZl) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 94 - Cell 2
96Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN-QhubekaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Dominic Jelfs (Irl) Madison GenesisRow 96 - Cell 2
98Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 97 - Cell 2
99Alex Peters (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 98 - Cell 2
100John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 100 - Cell 2
102George Atkins (GBr) Great BritainRow 101 - Cell 2
103Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 102 - Cell 2
104Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky ProcyclingRow 104 - Cell 2
106Mark Christian (GBr) Team RaleighRow 105 - Cell 2
107Anthony Delaplace (Fra) SojasunRow 106 - Cell 2
108Christophe Laborie (Fra) SojasunRow 107 - Cell 2
109Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) RCJRow 108 - Cell 2
110Chris Opie (GBr) Team UK YouthRow 109 - Cell 2
111Ben Greenwood (GBr) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 110 - Cell 2
112Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 111 - Cell 2
113Daniel Barry (NZl) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 112 - Cell 2
114Jim Songezo (RSA) MTN-QhubekaRow 113 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling6:04:33
2Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:04
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka0:00:06
4Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 3 - Cell 2
5Christophe Laborie (Fra) SojasunRow 4 - Cell 2
6Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun0:00:07
7Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:00:08
8Peter Hawkins (Irl) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 7 - Cell 2
9Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:09
10Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:10
11Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Evaldas Siskevicius (Lit) SojasunRow 11 - Cell 2
13Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Great BritainRow 13 - Cell 2
15Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-SharpRow 14 - Cell 2
16James Williamson (NZl) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 15 - Cell 2
17Andrew Tennant (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 16 - Cell 2
18Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Dean Downing (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 18 - Cell 2
20Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 19 - Cell 2
21Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team UK YouthRow 20 - Cell 2
22Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 21 - Cell 2
23Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-ChainreactionRow 22 - Cell 2
24Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team RaleighRow 23 - Cell 2
25Yanto Barker (GBr) Team UK YouthRow 24 - Cell 2
26Michael James Northey (NZl) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Owain Doull (GBr) Great BritainRow 27 - Cell 2
29Thomas Scully (NZl) Team RaleighRow 28 - Cell 2
30Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 31 - Cell 2
33Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-QhubekaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Robert Partridge (GBr) Team UK YouthRow 34 - Cell 2
36Michael Cuming (GBr) RCJRow 35 - Cell 2
37Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post-ChainreactionRow 36 - Cell 2
38Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team RaleighRow 37 - Cell 2
39Simon Yates (GBr) Great BritainRow 38 - Cell 2
40Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 39 - Cell 2
41Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-QhubekaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Sean Downey (Irl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 42 - Cell 2
44Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 43 - Cell 2
45Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) SojasunRow 45 - Cell 2
47Steven Lampier (GBr) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 47 - Cell 2
49David Lelay (Fra) SojasunRow 48 - Cell 2
50Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 49 - Cell 2
51Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Jonathan Mould (GBr) Team UK YouthRow 53 - Cell 2
55Peter Williams (GBr) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 54 - Cell 2
56Marc De Maar (Ant) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Richard Handley (GBr) RCJRow 56 - Cell 2
58Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-SharpRow 58 - Cell 2
60Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 59 - Cell 2
61Thomas Moses (GBr) Team RaleighRow 60 - Cell 2
62Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) Team UK YouthRow 62 - Cell 2
64Adam Yates (GBr) Great BritainRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 64 - Cell 2
66Liam Holohan (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 65 - Cell 2
67Shem Rodger (NZl) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 66 - Cell 2
68Matthias Krizek (Aut) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 67 - Cell 2
69Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 68 - Cell 2
70Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 69 - Cell 2
71James Moss (GBr) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 70 - Cell 2
72Wouter Sybrandy (Ned) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 72 - Cell 2
74Mathew Cronshaw (GBr) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 73 - Cell 2
75Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
76Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 75 - Cell 2
77Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 76 - Cell 2
78Alexandre Blain (Fra) Team RaleighRow 77 - Cell 2
79Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 80 - Cell 2
82Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-SharpRow 82 - Cell 2
84Juraj Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alistair Slater (GBr) Great BritainRow 84 - Cell 2
86Roman Van Uden (NZl) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Ferekalsi Debesay Abrha (Eri) MTN-QhubekaRow 86 - Cell 2
88Dominic Jelfs (Irl) Madison GenesisRow 87 - Cell 2
89Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-EnduraRow 88 - Cell 2
90Alex Peters (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 89 - Cell 2
91John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 91 - Cell 2
93George Atkins (GBr) Great BritainRow 92 - Cell 2
94Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky ProcyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
96Mark Christian (GBr) Team RaleighRow 95 - Cell 2
97Luke Grivell-Mellor (GBr) RCJRow 96 - Cell 2
98Chris Opie (GBr) Team UK YouthRow 97 - Cell 2
99Ben Greenwood (GBr) Team IG-Sigma SportRow 98 - Cell 2
100Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-ChainreactionRow 99 - Cell 2
101Daniel Barry (NZl) Node 4-Giordana RacingRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jim Songezo (RSA) MTN-QhubekaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp0:00:30
104Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:02
105Nicolò Martinello (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 104 - Cell 2
106Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling0:01:04
108Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling0:01:36
109Kristian House (GBr) RCJ0:01:38
110Will Stephenson (GBr) RCJ0:01:41
111Meran Russan (Eri) MTN-QhubekaRow 110 - Cell 2
112Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun0:01:44
113Hugh Carthy (GBr) RCJ0:02:05
114Ian Bibby (GBr) Madison Genesis0:02:06
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
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Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Kristian House (GBr) RCJ
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Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Aaron Gate (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction
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Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Great Britain

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